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Athlete memories of learning to swim

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They may be Olympic hopefuls now but like everyone they had to start at the beginning when learning to swim. Read on to learn how you can find out more about some of our top UK athletes along with their first memories of the water.

Athlete Memories

Did you know that Rebecca Adlington, Britain’s first Olympic swimming champion since 1988 and the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals since 1908, didn't get her 1,000 metre badge and certificate?

Or that Olympic hopeful Fran Halsall hated swimming when she first started to learn?

If not, these are just two memories of learning to swim from our top GB athletes.

To find out more about your favourite athletes memories of learning to swim, as well as a few things you may not have known about them, use the navigation bar on the left.


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